His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trinzin concludes his West Sikkim Visit

Gyalshing, 9th November,2018 (IPR): His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trinzin, the supreme head of Sakya order of Mahayana Buddhism visited the recently inaugurated ‘Chenrezig Shingkham Riwo Potala’ today. Accompanied by Smt. Rinzing Ongmu, Chief Administrator; Shri. Karma Lodey Lepcha, ADC West; Shri. Kitar Sherpa, Additional Director Ecclesiastical Department along with S.E Buildings other dignitaries and devotees.
His Holiness toured the complex extensively whilst blessing the congregation of devotees who had come from near and far to seek his blessings.
His holiness then visited the Sanga Choeling Monastery thus concluding his two days visit to West Sikkim.

Holiness 42nd Sakya Trinzin visits Ravangla

Namchi, 6th November(IPR): His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trinzin, the supreme head of Sakya order of Mahayana Buddhism visited Ravangla today. He was accompanied by Deputy Director Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT) Mr. Kunga Yonten, Additional Director Ecclesiastical Department Mr. Kitar Sherpa, SDM (Ravangla) Mr. Jigmee .W. Bhutia amongst a large gathering of devotees.

His Holiness visited the Ravangla Sakya Nyakton and Mani Chokerling Monastery where he offered prayers, extended his blessings and interacted with the devotees. Thereafter, he visited Tathagata Tsal and took a brief tour of the premises. He also conducted a puja and sought blessing at the main shrine of the Tsal.

It maybe mentioned here that His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trinzin will be offering ‘Tachak Khyung Sum Wang’ tomorrow at Sakya Nyakton Monastery for the general public after which he will be departing for Tashiding monastery in West Sikkim. Further, his official tour will continue at Yangthang (West) where he will visit the Chenrezig Singkham Riwo Potala on 9th November.

Sensitization programme for Senior Citizens/Retired Government Officers/Officials under NALSA Scheme at Chungthang

Chungthang, 3rd November (IPR): A sensitization programme for Senior Citizens/Retired Government Officers/Officials under NALSA (Legal Services to Senior Citizens) Scheme was held today at Panchayat Bhawan, Chungthang North Sikkim. The program was organized by the State Legal Services Authority in coordination with District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) North Sikkim.
The Sensitization programme was chaired by the Hon’ble Mr Justice Vijai Kumar Bist, Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim who is the patron in chief of SLSA, Sikkim. The programme was also co-chaired by Hon’ble Mrs Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, Judge High Court of Sikkim and Executive Chariperson of Sikkim SLSA. The programme was attended by the Judges from the District Court, North Sikkim, District Collector North, SP North, SDM Chungthang, DIO, officials from Chungthang sub-division, Panchayats of Chungthang, Pipons of Lachen and Lachung and local public of the sub-division.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Sikkim who was attending the first programme in Sikkim after his swearing in recently stated that he was happy to visit Chungthang sub division. Speaking on the topic of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 he stated that it is a duty of the children to accept the responsibility of taking care of their parents. As per the Indian traditions and customs parents are considered as “Pitri Devta” and their contribution to the welfare of the children cannot be compensated. The role of the mother and father in raising the kids despite their difficulties cannot be forgotten. He urged the para legal volunteers to help the Senior Citizens in getting Redressal to various legal issues being faced by them. He also urged the district officials to give a sympathetic and helping attitude while dealing with the cases involving Senior citizens.
The Hon’ble Mrs Justice Meenashi Madan Rai while addressing the gathering stated that the main role of the SLSA and DLSA was to provide awareness to the people on various acts and laws. She urged the public to make full use of these camps for making themselves aware on various provisions of different laws. She stated the intention of the today’s session was to provide awareness on the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007. Today when there is rising number of cases of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s in senior citizens, it is the duty of the children to provide care to their parents. As per the Act, it was the duty of the children to maintain their parents and if a person fails to maintain their parents then the senior citizens can approach the tribunal of Sub Divisional Magistrate for providing Redressal. The District Magistrate is the appellate authority and can be approached if they are not satisfied with the order of the SDM. The Hon’ble Justice also advised the Panchayats and Pipons not to settle cases under POCSO and other grievous crimes and the elected representatives should not mediate in such cases. She stated that such non compoundable cases should be strictly dealt only by the courts.
During the programme, Shri Liladhar Ghimerey, Accounts Officer from Finance Revenue and Expenditure Department explained the state pension scheme and benefits under the scheme to the retired employees of the state Government. The Joint Director Social Justice Shri Nordern Lepcha provided an overview of the pension schemes under the National Old Age Pension (NOAP) scheme admissible to the senior citizens and Widow Pension Scheme and Family Pensions Scheme The Sr Superintendent of Police Shri K Shanderpa briefed the gathering on the do and don’t regarding the safety of senior citizens.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice also visited the site for the construction of sub-divisional Judicial Complex at Chungthang and inspected the progress of the work. He directed the concerned engineers and contractors to make rapid progress and hand over the complex on the scheduled time.

Indian Army’s Mountain Biking expedition reaches Singhik in North Sikkim

Mangan, 2nd November ( IPR): The Indian Army Century Brigade Mountain Cycling expedition from Khongjakma Pass in North Sikkim to Sevoke Military Station reached Singhik today where they held a short interaction with the students of Singhik Secondary School. The team consisting of twenty army men from 5 Gorkha Regiment is undertaking the expedition from the Indo China border to reach Sevoke station over a period of seven days. The expedition is being conducted to celebrate the 32nd rising Day of Century Brigade Sevoke and also to convey the message on important themes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Career prospects in the Indian Army and Swatch Bharat.
Army Major Shri Harshvardan and Captain Sarin of 5 Gorkha Regiment is leading the expedition and the cadets who participated in the joint military expedition in the high altitudes of North Sikkim will be cycling all the way to the plains of Sevoke. The team will be stopping at various points and interacting with schools and public to convey their message.
The expedition team was warmly welcomed by the Principal, teachers and students of Singhik schools where a short interaction program was held. The SDM Mangan, Shri P.W Lepcha representing the North District administration also attended the programme along with DIO/N.
Addressing the students in fluent Nepali , Major Harshvardhan stated that Sikkim is a blessed state where women enjoy equal opportunities and it is the cleanest state which has attained Open Defecation free status. He stated that the career in the Indian Army is a very rewarding one and motivated the students to join the Army. He also answered the queries of the students on how to join the Indian Army and preparation required to get into the National Defense Academy in Dehra Dun, Indian Military Academy and Officers Training Academy in Chennai..
Captain Sarin spoke on the importance of maintaining physical health and urged the students to work hard and excel in their studies. Apart from the above program by the Indian Army two other programs were also held in the school.
A sensitization campaign under SAATHI (Sikkim Against Addiction and Towards Healthy India) was also held at Singik Secondary School. SAATHI is an initiative under the Chief Minister’s Youth Empowerment and Self Reliant Mission. It works on peer education model to deal with various issues of substance abuse at various government schools. The aim of SAATHI is to significantly reduce the use of substance abuse across the State and to educate students and Community at large. The NSS volunteer students from Mangan Senior Secondary school put up meaningful plays and recitations to educate their peers of Singhik secondary school on how children fall into the trap of substance addiction and the medical and socio economic implications.
The SDM Mangan also conducted a Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in the school wherein he spoke on the electoral registration process of the first time voters. He spoke on the importance of registration of voters and their participation in the electoral process of the country.

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas and Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas were observed at Manan Bhawan Gangtok

Gangtok, October 30: (IPR) Rashtriya Ekta Diwas and Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas were observed today at a function held at Manan Bhawan Gangtok. While Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day marks the birth anniversary of Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a great freedom fighter and nation builder, Rastriya Sankalp Diwas is observed every year to mark the death anniversary of Late Smt Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India.
The two important events are observed simultaneously across the country on the 31st of October every year. However, in Sikkim, the event was observed a day in advance as the 31st of October is a State Holiday owing to an important Buddhist Festival, the Lhabab Deuchen.

State Chief Secretary Shri A.K. Shrivastava was present on the occasion as the Chief Guest. The function began with the Chief Secretary and the dignitaries lighting butter lamps on the portrait of Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Late Smt Indira Gandhi.

The Chief Secretary then administered the Rastriya Ekta Diwas Pledge to the officers and staff assembled in the hall.

Chief Secretary Shri A.K. Shrivastava in his address paid rich tribute to Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and threw light on the life and times of the freedom fighter and nation builder. He enlightened the audience on the illustrious journey of Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel from being a student of Law to becoming one of the stalwarts of the freedom movement and later a founding figure of independent India. He mentioned the role of Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the unification and consolidation of the nation. The Chief Secretary also shared that Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel came to be known as the ‘Patron Saint of the Civil Servants’, as he was instrumental in establishing the three cadres of the All India Services.

Chief Secretary Shri A.K. Shrivastava also remembered former Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi as leader of great stature. He mentioned that her death anniversary is observed across the country as Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas.

Earlier, Joint Secretary cum State Protocol Officer, Home Department, Smt Mingma Diki Sherpa delivered the welcome address and threw light on the observance of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.

Similarly, Under Secretary Protocol, Home Department Shri Sunny Kharel gave an introduction on the observance of Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas.

The event was marked by patriotic song presentations on the theme of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas and Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas by artists of the Cultural Affairs and Heritage Department.

The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Under Secretary, Protocol, Home Department, Shri Pema Wangchen Bhutia.

The programme was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Shri S.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary Finance cum Development Commissioner Shri V.B. Pathak, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department Shri Tsegyal Tashi, Secretary Home (Protocol) Shri Pratap Pradhan, and officers and staff of all the Departments situated in the Manan Kendra Secretariat.

Later in the afternoon, the Chief Secretary flagged off March Past contingents from Manan Bhawan complex to Titanic Park in M.G. Marg. The contingents comprised of Sikkim Police, NCC, Scouts & Guides and Sikkim Police Pipe Band. The Chief Secretary along with officers and staff of Home Department also participated in the March Past. The day’s events came to an end with band display by the Brass Band of Sikkim Police at Titanic Park, M.G. Marg.

The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas pledge was simultaneously administered in all the State Government Departments, Public Sector Undertakings and District Headquarters across the State.

Three day long North East States Youth Conclave and Amalgation concludes

Gangtok, Oct 30 (IPR): The three day long North East States Youth Conclave and Amalgation concluded here at MG Marg today.
Shri Ashish Rai, Chairman of GMC graced the valedictory function as Chief Guest. Shri SD Dhakal, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr. Kamal Chettri Director of Sports and Youth Affairs along with other officials and staffs were present.

The atmosphere of the closing event took a festive look with all the students participating and colourful and memorable Cultural Dances and Folk Songs which was the final competition between the North Eastern States.

Shri CL Ghimerey, Shri Naren Gurung and Shri Sakun Rai were the judges of the Cultural Programme.

The Chief Guest along with other Officials distributed prizes to the winners of respective fields. For quiz competition first place was taken by Arunachal Pradesh with a tie in second place between Assam and Sikkim and Tripura standing third.

In the painting competition Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland were choosen as the best five states in the category.

Similarly for Cultural dance Manipur bagged the first place, second place went to Sikkim and Assam stood third.

For the Folk Song, Assam won the first place whileas Sikkim stood second and Mizoram was in the third place. Certificates were also presented to all the pacipatants. Programme Officers of NSS were also given certificate of Appreciation.

The welcome address was delivered by Shri Kamal Chettri, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Vote of thanks was proposed by Shri KLRai.

First Level Checking of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) of South District commences

Namchi, 29th October(IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) of 431 numbers of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and 412 Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) of South District commenced at District Administrative Centre, today. Present during the checking were DC (South) Mr. Prabhakar Verma,
ADC (South) cum FLC Supervisor Mr. Satyen Pradhan, SDM (HQ) Mr. Hemant Rai, SDM (Namchi) Choden Gyatso, Under Secretary (Election) Ms. Tripti Hangma Subba, JD (LRDM) Mr. D.K.Rai, Concerned Officials and representatives from various political parties, IPR, engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and staff from south election department.

Speaking, during the FLC, DC Mr. Verma elucidated in brief the importance of this checking. Additionally, he mentioned that the warehouses and FLC Hall will be under strict 24×7 security by 2nd IRB. In addition, the representatives of the various political parties witnessed the FLC procedures and it was also informed that they will be participating in the mock poll that will be conducted through random selection of EVMs by the representatives of political parties themselves. Moreover, the first level checking exercise is being undertaken under technical expertise of 4 BEL engineers and the exercise is expected to finish in next 8-10 days.

Organic Farming introduced in 89 Secondary, Senior Secondary and Junior High Schools

Namchi, 27th October (IPR): An introduction of Organic Farming in 89 Secondary, Senior Secondary and Junior High Schools alongwith orientation of school heads and students was held at the conference hall of Kewzing Senior Secondary School, today. Organized, by State Project Office, Samagra Shiksha, Human Resource Development Department had Minister Mr. R. B. Subba as the Chief Guest and Additional Chief Secretary HRDD Mr. G. P. Upadhayay as the guest of honor. Also, present amongst others were Director (SCERT) Mr. Robin Chettri, Additional Director HRDD (South) Ms. Binita Thapa, Principal Kewzing Senior Secondary School Mr. M.L. Koirala alongside principals, school heads from other districts, panchayats, school management committee and students at large.

Addressing, the gathering Chief Guest Minister HRDD Mr. R. B. Subba spoke about the significance of Organic Farming and how it has brought about laurels to the state including the recent prestigious Future Policy Gold Award that the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling received at the United Nations FAO, headquarters in Rome.
Mr. Subba stated that this is the second launch of Organic Farming being introduced in schools thereby making it the second phase of this program. He brought to light that the State Government has consistently worked towards the development of educational scenario in Sikkim and is in the process of filling up the vacant post at the various kinds of educational institutes. He also spoke about the imperativeness of the principals and teachers to be available in the schools especially in extreme rural areas. Mr. Subba underlined that education should be holistic and all inclusive in nature and that it shouldn’t be bound to only four walls of the classroom. Additionally, the Minister also encouraged the students of the school to aim and get selected for the Atal Tinkering Lab as these lab will acquaint the students with innovative and state-of-the-art equipment. The Minister also shared the State Governments vision in establishing an Organic University in Sikkim in near future which will further accelerate the study, implementation and research on organic farming. Moreover, he underscored that a conference for teachers will be held at the earliest wherein concrete suggestions with regards to the teachers will be looked upon.

Speaking, during the occasion Additional Chief Secretary HRDD Mr. G. P. Upadhayay detailed about Organic Farming and emphasized that the students to practise and learn about this farming. He highlighted that since, Sikkim has been presented with the tag of being the first Organic Farming state in the country it has propled the intectualls from far and wide to study about Organic Farming of the State and urged the students to be knowledgeable in this type of beneficial farming. He also advocated the students to become entrepreneurs in organic farming as it is an emerging and luractive business globally.

Director SCERT, Mr. Robin Chettri briefed about the new text book ‘Organic Farming’ which has been developed by NCERT and SCERT which he informed will be distributed to the selected schools. He updated that the content of the textbook has been designed by the representatives of NCERT and the officials of HRDD, and further termed this collaboration a pioneering concept. He also detailed about the features of the textbook which will include various success stories on farmers and villages of organic farming, various methods on traditional organic farming along with marketing and certification process of the organic farming produce. Mr. Chettri also informed that if permitted UNESCO will be showcasing the success story of Organic Farmers of Sikkim at various international forums from next year onwards.

During, the course of the program various important aspect of Organic Farming was imparted by Mr. Karma Sherpa Joint Director, Organic Farming Mission. Additionally, a ppt presentation on organic farming practised by the schools all over Sikkim was showcased to the attendees.

The Chief Guest along with the dignitaries distributed certificates to various students who has excelled in academics, sports and organic farming. They also handed over financial aid to Kewzing Senior Secondary School and Eklavya Model Residential School, North. On the occasion, the Chief Guest also planted a sapling of rhododendron in the school premises. Earlier, the Minister along with the officials inspected the organic outlet and various other stalls put up at the school.


Future Policy Award 2018 crowns best policies on agroecology and sustainable food systems.
The “100% organic state” Sikkim in India wins Gold. Policies from Brazil, Denmark and Ecuador honoured with Silver Awards.

Hamburg/Rome, 12 October 2018 – The world’s best laws and policies promoting agroecology are awarded the Future Policy Award (FPA) 2018. The “100% organic state” Sikkim, in India,is this year’s winner of the “Oscar for best policies”, beating 51 nominated policies from 25 countries. Policies from Brazil, Denmark and Quito (Ecuador) take home Silver Awards. This year’s award is co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International.

Gold Prize winner Sikkim is the first organic state in the world. All of its farmland is certified organic. At the same time, Sikkim’s approach reaches beyond organic production and has proven truly transformational for the state and its citizens. Embedded in its design are socioeconomic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, cultural aspects as well as health, education, rural development and sustainable tourism. The policy implemented a phase out of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and achieved a total ban on sale and use of chemical pesticides in the state.The transition has benefitted more than 66 000 farming families.The Sikkim tourism sector has benefited greatly from the state’s transition to 100 percent organic: the number of tourists increased by over 50 percent between 2014 and 2017. As such, Sikkim sets an excellent example of how other Indian states and countries worldwide can successfully upscale agroecology.

Three Silver Awards are granted to:
• Brazil’s National Policy for Agroecology and Organic Production (PNAPO, 2012):In its first cycle of activities PNAPO invested 364 million Euros. Amongst others, it helped 5,300 municipalities to invest 30% or more of their school feeding budgets in organic and agroecological products purchased from family farmers.
• Denmark’s Organic Action Plan(2011-2020, updated in 2015): As a result of the Action Plan, Denmark has the highest market share of organic products in the world, with almost 80 percent of Danes purchasing organic food.
• Quito’s Participatory Urban Agriculture Programme (AGRUPAR, 2002): With over 3 600 urban gardens growing on 32 hectares and more than 21 000 people trained, AGRUPAR fosters food security, increases incomes, and enhances ecosystem functions.

The Vision Award goes to TEEBAgriFood, an initiative of “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) by UN Environment.TEEBAgriFood has developed a comprehensive evaluation framework for food systems that helps decision-makers to compare different policies and the market to value food more accurately.

The three Honourable Mentions of the Future Policy Award, this year go to the Good Food Purchasing Policy of Los Angeles, USA (2012), to the Agriculture Development Programme of Ndiob, Senegal (2017) and to the From Arms to Farms Programme of Kauswagan, the Philippines (2011).

Winners of this year’s Future Policy Award will be celebrated in a ceremony on 15 October 2018 at FAO headquarters during the World Food Week in Rome. A life webcast is available at http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4874/icode/and

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The Future Policy Award 2018 is co-organised by the World Future Council, FAO and IFOAM – Organics International, with the support of Green Cross International, DO-IT – Dutch Organic International Trade and Sekem Group, Egypt.
Statements from the World Future Council, FAO and IFOAM – Organics International:
“By scaling up agroecology, it is possible to tackle malnutrition, social injustice, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Through effective, holistic policymaking, we can transform our food systems so that they respect people and planet. The 2018 Future Policy Award winners prove that it is feasible – and how. Policymakers across the globe should follow their example and step up similar exemplary political action!” says Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council.

Maria-Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, states:“A transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems is critical to achieving sustainable development, and the 2018 Future Policy Award is unique as it highlights policies that advance such a transition. FAOis proud to honour, along with the World Future Council and IFOAM – Organics International, such leadership and political will.”

“This year’s Future Policy Award honours exceptional policies adopted by political leaders who have decided to act, no longer accepting widespread hunger, poverty or environmental degradation. They are committed to better food and agriculture systems, and have achieved unimaginable change,”notes Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director of IFOAM – Organics International. “One of them is Sikkim’s Chief Minister Pawan Chamling who set an ambitious vision and achieved it:Sikkim became the first organic state in the world –100% Organic is no longer a pipe dream but a reality, serving as an outstanding role model for others to follow.”

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About the Future Policy Award
The Future Policy Award is the only award which honours policies on an international level. Each year, the World Future Council chooses a topic for the Future Policy Award on which policy progress is particularly urgent. In partnership with FAO and IFOAM – Organics International, the 2018 Future Policy Award will highlight policies that scale up agroecology to contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement climate resilient agricultural practices. More information about this year’s Future Policy Award is available at: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/2018-agroecology

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SPD Samagra Shiksha Represents HRDD in NEC Meeting at Shillong on Capacity Building Teachers.

October 11, 2018, Shillong: (IPR) A conference of the North East Council (NEC) and British Council was held in the NEC Secretariat on the subject ‘British Council Pilot Project of Capacity Building of Teachers’ which was chaired by NEC Secretary Shri Ram Muivah. The conference was attended by Alan Gemmel OBE, Director British Council, Kh. Siile Anthony, Director/HRD&E, NEC, Sri Joydeep Bordoloi, Head, NE, British Council, Bhim Thatal, Director/Primary Education and State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha along with other representatives of the North-East States.

While addressing the conference, the Secretary, NEC, Shri Ram Muivah appreciated the initiatives taken by the State of Sikkim in education sector and applauded the innovative practices of Sikkim. He also asked the other NE States to learn from Sikkim in educational development and quality innovations.

While addressing the conference , the SPD Bhim Thatal mentioned about the future initiatives of the HRDD and also invited the other NE States to visit our schools. While mentioning about capacity building of teachers, he said that the primary focus of the HRDD is the primary education and capacity building of Primary Teachers is priority. He also mentioned that the KG system introduced in Sikkim is soon being taken as module by the Mordant NCERT for starting g pre primary education in the rest of the country.

He further said that the HRDD will select 100 PRTs from all the districts who will be trained in Gangtok for five days in order to enable them teach English at primary level. From these 100 trained teachers, 50 will be shortlisted as Master Trainers who will further be trained on Training of Trainer lines to enable them train more teachers. In the next phase, capacity building for Mathematics and Science teaching will be taken up.